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Kyoto shrine revives Shinto-Buddhist rite after 550-year hiatus

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A popular shrine in Kyoto held a Shinto-Buddhist rite coming from the 10th century on Friday after a 550-year hiatus, as component of its initiatives to restore old routines.

The Kitano Tenmangu shrine, established in 947, stated it had actually not held the Kitano Goryoe rite because 1467, when the Onin War, an 11-year-long civil battle, burst out.


Priests collect for a Shinto-Buddhist rite at the Kitano Tenmangu shrine on Sept. 4, 2020. (Kyodo)

The rite was initially to calm the temper of the spirit of Sugawara no Michizane (845-903), a scholar as well as political leader preserved as a god at Kitano Tenmangu, as individuals in old Japan thought that all-natural calamities as well as upsurges were triggered by menstruation of widely known numbers that were unfortunately eliminated or passed away with sensations of animosity.

On Friday, shrine clergymans carried out the rite collectively with clergymans from the Enryakuji holy place in Otsu, Shiga Prefecture, as the Goryoe rite had actually been kept in a syncretism of Shinto as well as Buddhism.

In enhancement to wishing the repose of Michizane’s spirit, the clergymans wished an end to the coronavirus pandemic as well as individuals’s health as well as security, according to the shrine.



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